Chinchero is a district in the Urubamba
province, 30 Kms. (19 miles) away through the paved road,
northwest from Cuzco, Peru. Its altitude is 3780 mts. (12400
feet), over a plateau that is cold during the early mornings and
at night time. It was one of the most important Inca towns in
the region, where even today it is possible to see vestiges of
its great past. The meaning of its original name is lost;
although, today tradition knows it as the "land of the rainbow"
because over here the rainbow is frequently seen in the rainy
Its people are the most conservative
of the Inca traditions, wearing picturesque clothing. Every
Sunday they carry out the "catu", exchange fair of agricultural
products, in which the use of the currency is discarded and
everything is made in exchange. Also outstanding the textile
crafts (crafts as well as local produce).
Archaeological locations, Inca
palaces, "andenerķas" (terraces), and a great fortress in the
place that they attributed the appearance of the rainbow.
The town, has a beautiful colonial
church, with famous paintings of the Escuela Cusquena. Beautiful
Andean landscapes surround the town, outstanding the beauty of
the snowy mountains Chicon and Veronica of the Mountain Range of